Carlos Castro
@watersoundpro

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13x Latin Grammy Award Nominated Mixer, Recording Engineer and Music Producer. Owner of Watersound Studios, Studio City, CA.

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1 month ago
Deep within the catacombs of @francisco.mirandak rack of equipment wonders, therein lies the Iron Monster, known as RCA's MI-11225 or as the rest of the world knows it: the RCA BA-6A compressor. The sonic thickness that surrounds the mystique of this unit is well deserved. Just like anything vintage, it has to be well tuned and well tubed in order for it to shine in all it's glory. Sources sound bigger going thru this unit, but there is a peak price to pay as it gobbles up the transients from the sound source, but in return, it delivers a thick sound that is hard to describe but it sits so well in the mix. Rumor has it that Bill Porter (who helped shape the Nashville sound) would use two of these units as gain make-up amplifiers at the stereo buss and would pull out the tubes responsible for compressing the signal. There is a trove of treasures waiting to be discovered over at #estudio19 in the ye olde box of wonders. @rcarecords #analoggear #outboardgear #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #recordingexpert #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #rcaba6a #ba6a #tubecompressor #gearslutz #gearporn #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #popmusic #edm #edmmusic #jazzmusic #rcastudiob #billporter #carloscastro

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 1 month  ago

1 month ago
More of the treasure trove from @francisco.mirandak and #estudio19. Here is a nice little custom @ams_neve consolette fitted with Vintage Neve 3415/A class A-B amplifiers. These amps were modified and now function as mic preamps. The console also features P&G faders a Phantom On/Off Switch and an Original Neve Oscillator module. Each channel is properly fitted with direct outputs. It is inspiring to see these kind custom projects which may seem simple to the naked eye, but they require a tremendous amount of time and expense to put them all together. Major Kudos to Francisco and the rest of the Estudio 19 team for bringing these kinds projects to life. #estudio19 #neveconsole #customconsole #analog #analogconsole #neveboard #neve3415 #indierock #rockmusic #edmstudio #edmproduction #edm #countrymusic #jazzmusic #audioengineer #audioengineering #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #mixingengineer #mixengineer #recordingtools #gearslutz #gearporn #audioexpert #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #recordingtools #outboardgear #analoggear

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1 month ago
Cadac is a British console manufacturer whose origins date back to 1968. Their vintage analog consoles from the 1970's were popular in Europe. Studios such as Decca, Pye, Wessex (where The Clash, Sex Pistols) recorded some of their most seminal work. These consoles operate on + 44 Volt rails with a great deal of headroom. These particular modules are owned by my good friend @francisco.mirandak These are vintage CADAC G268/F modules from the 70s. These modules feature a fully discrete signal path with Gyrators in the EQ that act like inductors. These feature original Marinair transformers on the Line ( T.1448) and MIC ( t.1444 ) inputs. The preamp is a bit faster than a Neve 1073 The top end on these Eqs has been described as being very, very sweet and the mids never get harsh. There is a bit of controversy between the inductor based and the Gyrator based circuitry (which simulates the transfer characteristics and sound of a coil). I have not done a direct comparison but these units are incredible in both their specs and their sound. Francisco tells me that these particular EQ's came from a Mastering Console that was used at a now defunct pressing plant. He has lovingly restored these units and has placed them in a lovely red wood rack that sits on top of his outboard rack. A strong diet in Iron from these circuits can yield insteresting sonic results. #estudio19 #carloscastro #audioengineer #audiophile #audioengineering #recordingstudio #recordingsession #outboardgear #vintageequipment #cadac #musicengineer #musicproducer #analog #analogeq #gearslutz #gearporn #mixingexpert #recordingexpert #audioexpert #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #edm #edmproduction #edmstudio

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1 month ago
In the heart of the matter, where electrons dance between a condenser capsule an electron tube and several resistors and capacitors: they come together to create the untangible and special sonic magic that an original @neumann.berlin M-49 brings to the table. This particular mic comes from the private collection of my dear friend and fellow colleague @francisco.mirandak who has kept this particular mic in all original condition. An original M-49, when it is working correctly, is truly a breath-taking sound, and for the right singer, it can give the sensation of effortlessly elevating the sound of the vocal within the mix. Based on the scarce @telefunken AC-701K tube, it has enough felxibility to be used as both a close or distant music pick-up. For those of us who value and appreciate these sort of things, opening up a vintage mic and looking at all of the intricate work that went into building something like this is like staring at a frozen moment that reflects another time and another place. #estudio19 #carloscastro #panchomiranda #audioengineer #vintagemicrophone #neumannm49 #vintageneumann #analogrecording #recordingtools #recordingstudio #musicengineer #musicproducer #audiophile #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #gearslutz #gearporn #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #jazzmusic #analog #tubes

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2 months ago
The relationship between music and mathematics is one that should be talked about more. Quoting Pythagoras: "There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres." Counting, rhythm, scales, intervals, patterns, symbols, harmonies, time signatures, overtones, tone, pitch. It is fascinating to watch and hear those relationships on this solo acoustic guitar project by famed guitarrist Andrew York. He tells me that he spends a good amount of time thinking about the relationship between numbers and his compositions. This may seem overly intellectual for some, but there is nothing rigid when listening to Andrew play and execute his instrument. His compositions have a natural ebb and flow that is both emotional and artistic. He manages to make this connection, like a painter connects to a blank canvas: Andrew's compositions are all unique musical paintings. From a technical standpoint, the guitar is being captured with (4) stereo pairs of mics, Three of these pairs make-up for the main overall sound while the fourth pair is there just as an option. The main pick-up is with a matched pair of @schoepsmikrofone 221F tube mics from the 1960's which were restored by Toby Foster, giving these mics a superbly low noise-floor and a wide frequency response, top end is sweet sounding while lows are commanding yet never overpowering. The album is being produced by the very talented Ryan Aders @layersofayers and we're all very happy with the results #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #andrewyork #acousticguitar #sologuitar #nylonguitar #soloalbum #analogrecording #nordicaudiolabs #audioengineer #recordingsession #recordingstudio #musicproducer #audiophile #customaudioelectronics #musicengineer #classical #classicalguitar #recordingexpert #mixingexpert @sennheiser #pythagoras

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2 months ago
This custom rack with 10 channels of all-tube Vac Rack Microphone Pre-Amps was made and designed by Steve Firlotte and Steve Barker in 1995 under the @inwardconnections brand. This used modular, vacuum tube proaudio system. Each preamp uses a custom input transformer and a transformerless low impedance output featuring a shielded General Electric military style 6072A dual triode for the preamp stage, and a wide bandwidth Sylvania 12FQ7 for the output stage. Each channel has an 8 position detented Gain control, a 10 position detented Level Trim control, a Phantom Power switch, a 20 dB Pad switch, and a Phase switch. Max gain is 53 dB. To top it all off the power supply is all tube rectfied, no corners were cut on this unit. As far as the sound goes, very open, high headroom and it is equally at home capturing orchestras as well as Rock projects. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #acousticmusic #recordingtools #tubes #countrymusic #indierock #audioengineer #recordingengineer #gearslutz #gearporn #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #musicengineer #tubepreamp #inwardconnections #stevefirlotte #musicproducer #recordingstudio #recordingsession #audiophile #customaudioelectronics

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2 months ago
The Western Electric 640AA was one of the earliest condenser microphones that was built back to the 1940's. What you see on the picture are two capsules that were screwed on to the pointed end of the RA-1095 Amplifier placing the microphone capsules securely in place. The amplifier featured a selected 382A vacuum tube with a "door knob shape" that was soldered directly onto the circuit board. The microphone's pickup pattern is omini-directional. The microphone was marketed as a free field, stand alone microphone that could capture the sound of large ensambles in auditoriums and large studios. The capsule is 1" in diameter and 1" long. The microphone was extensivley used at RCA to test microphones and loudspeakers as a measuring microphone. Later on @dpamicrophonesfrance licenced this technology and adopted it on the design of their microphone capsules and electronics. The Western Electric 640AA has a unique sound when capturing sound sources, itssonic signature trakes the ear back to an era of sound that has been long gone, I call these mics "A window to the past" would be the best way to describe their sound. Vintage Hi-Fi #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #vintagemicrophone #westernelectric #westernelectricmicrophone #westernelectric640aa #tubemicrophone #audioexpert #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #audioengineering #audioengineer #recordingengineer #analog #recordingstudio #vintagerecording #jazzmusic #rockmusic #indierock #countrymusic #acousticmusic #recordingtools #tubes

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2 months ago
The RCA BA-11A Amplifier two stage preamplifier and Isolation amplifier was RCA's premium amplifier used in their studio and radio station installations during the 1950's. Described as a two stage highfidelity amplifier, it was rated as exhibiting a frequency response of 30-15,000 cycles, + and - 1 db. It utilizes two RCA 1620 tubes, one operates as a pentode and the second one as a triode. The transformers are not lightweight by any means and were built by UTC under the specs that RCA dictated. The sound of these units is larger than life: with deep lows and a shimmery high end. These sound best when coupled with the original RCA BX-1E tube rectified power supply. Source input impedance can be strapped for either 30 or 150 ohms. These have a maximum output gain of 40 db, which depending on the source, may need a secondary amplifier for additional gain. A treasure trove of sonic possibilities. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #vintagegear #rcaba11a #recordingengineer #mixengineer #musicproducer #audioengineer #audioexpert #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #gearslutz #gearporn #tubemicpre #tubegear #analogaudio #audiophile #recordingengineer #recordingstudio #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #jazzmusic #analog #tubes #tubegear

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2 months ago
This custom @ams_neve 8078 console is housed on the recently re-opened Evergreen Stage in Burbank, CA. The console has quite the pedigree, it originally came from a studio in Northen California called: "The Site" located in Marin County, north of San Francisco, in the late Eighties. “The studio was owned by Dick Mithun, who expanded his original 8078 by adding more modules to create this 72-channel configuration. @joesatriani recorded several albums at "The Site" where the board come from. The original landmark building where Evergreen resides started life in 1940 as a 740-seat movie house named The Magnolia Theatre, designed by architect Clifford Balch. In 1978 the venue was purchased and refitted as a two-room state of the art Scoring stage, renamed Evergreen. @exfeline James Salter and his staff has done a helluva job in bringing back the gloriousness of this studio from years past into today's modern needs. I was impressed by their hard work and dedication. You should check them out! #evergreenstage #carloscastro #neveconsole #analogconsole #neve8078 #classicmicrophone #vintagegear #classicalmusic #jazzmusic #indierock #audioexpert #mixingexpert #recordingexpert #audioengineer #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #orchestralmusic #orchestra #scoring #scoringstage #gearslutz #gearporn #recordingsession #flyingfaders

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2 months ago
The @schoepsmikrofone model number 221B was released by schoeps during the late 1950's. Based on a Telefunken AC-701 tube, this was one of the first microphones manufactured that offered different interchangeable capsules depending on the specific application. These particular units feature a mint pair of MK 934B capsules with two polar patterns: omnidirectional and cardiod. The patterns are changed by varying acoustical chambers behind the diaphragm; the electrical characteristics of the condenser are not altered. In studio use, these mic truly excell in their clear and "sweet sounding" top end with a "liquid sounding" and well defined mid-range and extended low end. Even as a small diaphragm mic I have even used them as vocal mics, sometimes even surpassing the quality and richness of a large diaphram condenser mic. I have learned to appreciate their incredible sound over time, thanks to Matteo over @infernalemachine these found their way into my studio (he is also responsible for taking this amazing picture of the mics). These particular mics are model 221F (which stands for France) featuring a Sogie connector as specified by the ORTF. Lastly, as room mics, they have excelled with their great sense of depth and level of clarity when capturing acoustic instruments. Thanks to Larry @silvertonemastering for pointing out the importance of using phase rings around the capsule when set to cardiod mode, the rings truly bring another level of clarity to the recording. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #tubemic #vintagemicrophone #ortf #schoeps221f #audioexpert #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #gearporn #gearslutz #analog #analogrecording #recordingengineer #recordingstudio #audioengineering #audioengineer #musicmixer #mixingengineer #musicproducer #audiophile #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #jazzmusic #classicalmusic #vintagegear #classicmicrophone

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2 months ago
Excellence lies on the details, and today's audio signal test offering comes courtesy of @galaxyaudio This company makes a very handy and simple to use Polarity Tester. It consists of two units: An emitter (which generates the polarity pulse) and the receiver which will give you a reading using a green (in polarity) or a red (out of polarity) led. Back when I worked as a young assistant on a session with the late #jerryfinn he swore by this unit and I could immediately see the benefit of using this unit to check polarity on all equipment. For microphone tests , the emitter has a little speaker, when turned on it generates a pulse (very much like a Urei Click) as the signal travels from the mic, cable, mic pre and recorder you can get an instant reading on whether or not your signal is in electrical phase. Phase is critical, especially on low frequencies. When a bass guitar is out of phase, the instrument will not sound as deep as one that is in electrical phase, the reason being, in layman's terms, it's because the excursion on your speaker (which acts as a piston) will be reversed when playing back the signal, loosing precious electrical energy that could be fully used to properly play back the sound source, in other words, you would loose punch. Same thing with a vocal, you will have a harder time makimg it sit on the mix when it's out of electrical phase. As you can see, this is my @americanexpress I do not leave home without it! Have you checked your phase today? 😳. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #carloscastroengineer #mixengineer #mixingengineer #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #jazzmusic #edm #audioexpert #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #audioengineer #audiophile #phase #inphase #polarity #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #testequipment #gearslutz #gearporn #analog #analogrecording

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3 months ago
Happy Fader Friday everyone. The picture showcases Watersound's custom analog console which originally began life as an Oram BEQ-24 console. Over the years prominent modifications were done to the board to bring it to its current state. This is now a fixed line level console with no variable input trims and no mic pre-amps. Featuring custom Jensen 990c (with custom dialectric boards that have wide bandwith and a wide frequency response. The rest of the amplifier topology on each channel has been minimized bypassing unnecessary IC circuits that were in the path. A series of brilliant technicians customized each of the existing circuits on the board. A series of customized Accopian supplies now power the console. The whole philosophy behind these customizations was to achieve as much of a neutral sounding mixing surface as possible, by allowing me to inject different colors as I saw them it fit using a wide-gamut of outboard equipment already in place at the studio. Because of the variety of musical projects that I am involved in year after year, I needed a surface that would allow me to have a blank canvas to start off with and add perspective and color as it was needed. The monitoring section uses a special 990 based amplifier design created by #benomay for @bgmastering giving me the opportunity to have clear and resolute monitoring when feeding the different speakers and amps that are used daily, giving the listener an accurate sonic translation of projects that are mixed or recorded here. Everyone has their own individual concept about what an analog console should or shouldn't be, that is totally a personal and individual preference. My philosophy is to start with the clearest sonic surface as possible, and from that, I can add or substract flavor as needed. The world is filled with different choices and possibilities inside this crayon box called music. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #indierock #rockmusic #gearporn #gearslutz #analog #analogconsole #analogrecording #analogmixing #analogexpert #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #audioexpert #audiophile #audioengineer #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #recordinggear #countrymusic #mixengineer